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wombat Posted 12th Mar 2016, 10:08pm
  rolleyes.gif uncle Charlie(on my maws side)big fat slob wis 18 stone and used tae get weighed in wie the woollen rags, laugh.gif mind my da tellin us the horse drapped deid near the polis station laugh.gif
GG Posted 12th Mar 2016, 08:46pm
  Thanks all. Merged topics. smile.gif

GG.
ashfield Posted 12th Mar 2016, 08:54am
  More stories here smile.gif

http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.ph...735&hl=Rags
Dave Grieve Posted 12th Mar 2016, 06:42am
  Good memories of someone who we all thought would forever be part of our lives. The one abiding memory I have is when asking my mother if we had any rags for the rag man was being told "your wearing them" laugh.gif
ExPOW Posted 11th Mar 2016, 11:00pm
  I have some lingering memories of our local RAG MAN.

He'd appear randomly and with an off key 'flourish' of his battered bugle, stopping at likely points where children were playing in the street.

His cart was like himself, battered and lacking extreme TLC. His reluctant nag with feedbag attached, seemed to have the weight of all worldly sorrows upon its back and appeared to be resigned to tug the battered cart along (like Sysifus on the hill) forever.

However, kids, when hearing the offkey trumpet voluntary, would lose their minds and rush indoors beseeching ma or granny to part with some articles of old clothing they could exchange for the treasures of the RAG MAN's suitcase. It was a Pandora's Box of cheap Japaneses trinkets, glittery things and other kid fascinators.

I wonder how many valued pieces of apparel went missing mysteriously or even better, how many distraught mothers and or grannies went off in hot pursuit after discovering that the 'wean' had entered into an unauthorised transaction with him?

We all had a Rag Man and to us or anyone who'd give us toys for junk or rags was a hero.

Surely there must be some funny stories 'out there'.
Dave Grieve Posted 4th Nov 2014, 02:57pm
 
QUOTE (mairead @ 4th Nov 2014, 05:01pm) *
Can still hear the cry of 'Delf for Rags' and see myself racing up to our top flat for some rags to get me a balloon or a goldfish but mother wanted most of the rags to swap for cups and things. Still we occasionally got something.

Does anyone remember the old knife sharpener who used to come round sharpening knives?


When you think of it that grinding stone must have been a real back breaker at the end of the day, and also the man with the horse and cart that would give you a ride for a penny a time I think it was.

mairead Posted 4th Nov 2014, 02:44pm
  Can still hear the cry of 'Delf for Rags' and see myself racing up to our top flat for some rags to get me a balloon or a goldfish but mother wanted most of the rags to swap for cups and things. Still we occasionally got something.

Does anyone remember the old knife sharpener who used to come round sharpening knives?
simon sharkey Posted 13th Feb 2014, 09:18pm
  Loving all this stuff about Rag and bone men. We are bringing a real live horse and cart to reidvale community centre in dennistoun on the 5th March. It's part of our Tin Forest project with national Theatre of Scotland. But he's not collecting clothes, he's collecting memories and wishes. What might you get if you swap a memory or a wish ? Is a balloon enough ?
Teenybash Posted 14th Nov 2008, 09:51am
  Lovely memories of the Rag man. At the first sound of his bugle the street would clear as all the kids ran to their houses to get some rags. We'd all stand in line waiting for our turn to look inside his suitcase filled with a wonderful array of things to swap our rags for.

There were scraps, bouncy balls, trays of "diamond" rings that'd turn your fingers green, wee cameras with slides of Japanese people, stretchy bracelets and my favourite...."dabbities"....(transfer tattoos)

Does anyone remember the other rag man that only took woollens that he'd swap for bags of puff candy?
olly12 Posted 13th Nov 2008, 11:02pm
  my dad worked away a lot when we were all young my mawas telling me a long timeago i was just about 4/5 that he wascoming home for the weekend so she dressed me up and let me stand at the front of the close waiting for him she said he was on his way she said i had to look nice in my new coat and hat while waiting for him to come round the corner i got myself distractedwith the rag man and what did i do i gave him my new coat and hat for a balloon andi happly played away waiting for my dad mum said she ran up the street and down went round corners but the uld ragman was well gone.happy memories we laughed every time she spokeabout it.
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